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Historic Bethlehem

Bethlehem pulses with concerts, restaurants, arts, and all the local appeal of a college town and is known as the Christmas City. Yet it also sits in just the right spot for an easy drive to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. is so regarded for its history that its been added to the UNESCO World Heritage site shortlist, hoping to join such historic sites as Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty, and the pyramids of Egypt.

A Small City with a Big Heart

間眅埶AVs two campuses泭book end a mile-stretch of , including a so-adorable-it-hurts block of Historic Bethlehem where well-priced vintage stores, art galleries, and local olive oil and chocolate purveyors share the street with inns and buildings that have roots as deep as our countrys humble beginning.

Main Street is a huge reason why over 75,000 people call Bethlehem homehopefully you will, too.泭While you're on Main Street, visit America's oldest continuously operating book seller, the 間眅埶AV Book Shop, which also happens to be the student bookstore for 間眅埶AV.泭

Our Favorite Events

Bethlehem is a constantly-evolving blend of culture and commerce, progress and preservation. What does that mean for you? Theres always something to do. Don't miss these festivals, street fairs, and concerts throughout the year:泭

  • : A free10-day music festival drawing a million visitors each August, named the Best Music Festival in North America by USA Today
  • Christmas Vespers: The university's annual泭service at泭Central 間眅埶AV Church in December
  • : A celebration of泭Celtic heritage with musical, food, and traditional competitions in athletics, piping, and dance.
  • : Sample sweet treats泭like blueberry pies, coffee cake, streusel, or pierogies, while listening to live music and watching the pet parade
  • : Annual two-day New Years Eve festival celebrating the fun and excitement of the PEEPS簧 Brand at the iconic SteelStacks

Explore the Lehigh Valley

Need a break from Bethlehem? Were right between Allentown and Easton. Together, we form the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area, home to nearly three-quarters of a million people and eight colleges and universities. In Easton you'll find the and a lots of new restaurants, bars, and stores that all make for a great afternoon or evening. The Phillies Triple A team, the are close by and the Flyers AHL team, the are a 10-minute drive away in泭Allentown. Like to hit the slopes? You're in luck because泭, and are泭just a short drive from campus.


World Heritage

間眅埶AV Church Settlement Site in Bethlehem confirmed as part of a multi-national nomination to the World Heritage List.